The mission of the Advocacy Committee is to lead Temple Israel involvement in social and political advocacy, in keeping with our Jewish values and the increasing emphasis which the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is placing on helping congregations perform the work of Tikkun Olam.

The committee works with HIAS on immigrant rights and refugee resettlement. It coordinates and joins in the advocacy work of the Religious Action Center (RAC), of the URJ, in particular RAC-NY which unites Reform Congregations around NY State to advocate for our values in the NY state legislature. It focuses on climate change, and is working on formulating a climate action plan for Temple Israel, covering building and maintenance issues, recycling and working with the entire community on climate justice and sustainability. We will be active in our local community and available to the Temple Israel community to help organize and take action on issues important to members.